The Animal Side
Mixer is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition opening on the 20th of January with the title “The Animal Side” curated by Ahmet Ergenç, featuring Sadık Arı, Fulya Çetin, Sinem Dişli, Ece Eldek, Didem Erbaş, İris Ergül, Çınar Eslek, Eda Gecikmez, Hatice Işık, Ata Kam, Huri Kiriş, İhsan Oturmak, Gümüş Özdeş, Mert Öztekin, Deniz Pasha, Ekin Saçlıoğlu, Ahmet Sarı, İlhan Sayın, Yusuf Sevinçli and İrem Sözen.
Inspired by the eponymous book of Nazlı Karabıyıkoğlu, the exhibition focuses on the possibilities regarding nature and animals, away from humanity and civilization. These works propose a new perspective leaning towards the wild and nature to break away from anthropocentric view, considering non-human in the face of humanity and non-civilized in the face of civilization.
Referring to Gilles Deleuze’s notion of being “minor” and “being an animal”, this exhibition also re-examines “major” notions such as nature, existence, ego, culture, civilization, desire, body, fear, information, intuition and magic. The works in the exhibition, which set aside the human side and look at the animal side, shake the so- called central position of the human on earth and in the universe, and hint at a more inclusive epistemology and ontology, while problematizing the "sacred" meaning attributed to human. These works, relying on a non-anthropomorphic comprehension of the world, harbor the cores of a non-anthropocentric aesthetic and political approach.
“The Animal Side” can be seen at Mixer’s new space at Karaköy between January 20th and February 24th.